Well it was frightful for us, and still is for many others in North America. The 22nd of December a large storm came through southern Ontario, pelting us with freezing rain. Power lines and trees were covered in ice and many broke down from the accumulation of ice or from the change in temperature over the first 48 hours. Power outages were everywhere, lasting mere hours to an eternal 7 days or longer.
We were fortunate. We lost power for 15 hours but my mother in law was out for 4 days. The storm turned everyone's Christmas plans upside down. My mother in law's Christmas dinner was moved to our home once we realized she would be without power for a few days. Family driving in from elsewhere delayed their trip a couple of days and now needed a roof over their heads while in Burlington. Thankfully it was all sorted out quickly and relatively painlessly and we could enjoy a family Christmas together.
|all photos are from the Globe and Mail newspaper|
Have you ever heard of "frost quakes" ? According to the news some people reported hearing loud booms that "sounded like gunshots" in the night. Officials say those who heard it may have witnessed a "frost quake," also known as cryoseisms. These occur when extreme cold temperatures freeze water deep in the soil. As it freezes, it expands, sometimes causing enough built up pressure that the ground cracks, occasionally with enough force to cause a loud "boom" sound. Yikes.
Today a new storm is heading up the eastern coast of the USA and into the Canadian maritime provinces. This is a snow storm. As of this evening it is reported that the heaviest snow fell north of Boston in Boxford, Mass. in the USA, which reported nearly 60 centimetres. Welcome to 2014.
Being close to the lake we did not get the freezing rain in such abundance as in other areas. At some point overnight I woke to hear the freezing rain change to plain 'ole rain. We had very little damage with only tiny branches falling to the ground. It is unusual to get this much snow at this time of the year in Burlington. It made for a lovely Christmas season, but I am sure we would have all preffered it without the ice.
Best wishes to all in 2014. May your gardens grow and bloom with abandon and present you with a year of satisfying garden pleasures.